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Esoteric riding skills no4: How to ride with one arm missing

Proof were it needed that motorcycles bring out the best in everyone, here's a video from the British Pathé archive. It shows a Mr Eric Peacock from ye olde days (1922) overcoming his disability (a deficit of one arm) with real aplomb. Includes some less than spectacular preamble of shoelace-tying you may wish to skip. A ONE ARMED WONDERYour browser ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 24 May 2010

Get those blasted overtrousers on over your sodding boots

Not the most hi-tech piece of advice ever to enter your riding life for sure – but it’s one to treasure. If like us you delay the putting on of your waterproof trousers until you’re too wet for there to be any point simply because you can’t face taking your boots off, take heart. A plastic bag (the cheaper and ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 21 May 2010

Castle Combe offers new track day initiatives

Wiltshire's Castle Combe Circuit was one of the first tracks to run its own track days when it started back in 1994. Now it's introducing two new format days, at either end of the riding experience spectrum. One is a new 'Elite' day on Wednesday 21st July, restricted to just 36 riders, running in three groups of 12 to give ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 14 May 2010

Riding skills: New riders, beware the SV650

Suzuki’s lightweight, easy handling, soulfully-engined SV650 is a joy machine that has helped countless riders of both sexes onto the lifelong road of motorcycling pleasure. But like the childhood friend who happens to know where dad keeps his hipflask of Bell’s, on occasion it can for some be just a little bit too fun and encouraging. Witness this trio of ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 14 May 2010

FIM to pretty women: you can ride too

From the people who brought you e-Power comes a new(ish) initiative. Get pretty women riding. Excellent.  

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 07 May 2010

Prove you’re the best new rider and win £11,500 to spend on a Yamaha

The IAM’s search for Britain’s best new biker climaxes at the end of Summer – with a new Yamaha worth up to £11,500 the prize. The winner of the competition, promoted by Vicki Butler-Henderson, will beat rivals in a series of IAM-organised tests of riding skill. The competition is designed to promote the IAM’s Skill for Life package, an advanced ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 07 May 2010

Riding skills: 60 second swerving school

Here’s an entertaining skills-merchant we haven’t come across before. Capt Crash from Idaho specialises in brief, chipper riding skills videos. Short, sharp and sensible, they’re the antidote to the often dry and worthy vids out there. This one’s about swerving.

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 30 April 2010

Riding skills: Pan European v Harley-Davidson Road King at 0.1mph

Roll up, roll up! It’s motorcycle Banzai time. Place your bits on which bike will triumph in a spectactular low-speed demonstration of riding skill. The hefty, low-revving Harley or the top-heavy Pan? It’s a fight to the death, and only one of the pair emerges unscathed. Straight after, there’s a demonstration at the same event last week of a solo ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 23 April 2010

Riding skills video: Get Bikesafe skills sat at your desk

Devon and Cornwall Police have posted this useful taster of their Bikesafe training days, giving you a skimmed version of the core skills.   It feels good to rebuild your road riding from the ground up and if that means going slower than normal but getting your lines and road positioning spot-on, it makes for a stronger platform on which to ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 23 April 2010

How to make a cheap camera mount

A retrospectively obvious way to mount a camera to your bike without damaging it or incurring (virtually) any cost. In spite of popular opinion, cameras on bikes aren’t just there to incriminate you or supply the BBC with scandalising grainy footage of dangerously high speeds, they can be a revealing riding skills aid. Watch the video here Film your mate ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 15 April 2010

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